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50 Lakh Users Recognised Under 'Significant Social Media Intermediary'

Following the new IT rules, the Centre has recognised 50 lakh users under 'significant social media intermediary'. Reportedly, the users would have to comply to the new IT rules that eyes to crackdown misuse social media platforms. Earlier this week, the Centre urged these intermediaries to appoint designated officials. The government has laid down the rules that require social media giants to take down contentious content within 36 hours.… read-more

Sat, 27 Feb 2021 - 03:45 PM / by Ronit John

Tags: IT, IT act, Facebook, Twitter, Social Media

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Centre Sets Rules For Content Showed On Social Media, OTT Platforms

The Union government finalized rules for self-regulation of contents on OTT platforms and social media on February 26. The Centre has mandated social media intermediaries to register complaints of users under 24 hours. Moreover, contents involving nudity must be removed within 24 hours. Meanwhile, OTT platforms are mandated to have grievance redressal officers to address anti-India content along with sexually explicit content and have self-… read-more

Thu, 25 Feb 2021 - 04:15 PM / by Harsh Vardhan

Tags: Government of India, OTT Platforms, Social Media, Grievance Redressal Officer

Courtesy: India .com

OTT Platforms

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Govt Devises 3-Tier Check Over OTT, Social Media Content, Online News

The Centre has proposed a three-tier check to regulate the OTT platform content. The 30-page draft titled 'Information Technology (Guidelines for Intermediaries and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021' seeks the OTT-streamed shows to carry U (universal) or A (adult) ratings. Moreover, the draft in pipeline asks providers to appoint officers to check streaming content. It will also regulate social media platforms including digital news… read-more

Wed, 24 Feb 2021 - 09:15 AM / by Nikita Thakur

Tags: OTTs, Content Regulation, Guidelines for OTT, Social Media

Courtesy: Hindustan Times


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ASCI Requests Social Media Influencers To Declare Promoted Content

Indian ad regulator, Advertising Standards Council of India in its recent draft has stated that all social media influencers will have to declare the promoted contents. Additionally, the council also asked for clear visibility of promotion labels on sponsored posts. Furthermore, the claims made in the advertisement will also have to be verified by the influencer. Open for public debate till March 8, the draft is expected to be rolled out by… read-more

Mon, 22 Feb 2021 - 08:02 PM / by Nikita Thakur

Tags: Social Media, Influencer, Ad Regulator, Advertisment

Courtesy: NDTV

Video Games

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Boys Playing Video Games Are Less Prone To Depression: Study 

A recent study by University College London has revealed that boys who regularly play video games have 24% lower risk of depression. It also said excessive social media usage by girls have a negative impact on their mental health, leading to more depressive symptoms. While increased screen engagement affected girls and boys differently, its effect on young minds was not found negative. The study did not find any causal relationship between… read-more

Fri, 19 Feb 2021 - 10:08 AM / by Nikita Thakur

Tags: mental health, depression, Video games, Social Media, health care

Courtesy: Hindustan Times

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India's Account Removal Requests To Twitter Shot Up By 450% In 1 Year

India's request for information and account removal to Twitter leapfrogged to 451% and 450% respectively from Jan-June 2019 to Jan-June 2020. Reportedly, 2,613 such requests were made by the government after scrutinizing 6,346 accounts, albeit only 1% was complied by Twitter. Moreover, of the 5,877 information requests since 2012, majority were made in first-half of 2020 (44.5%). Besides, Facebook also received 35,560 requests for 57,294… read-more

Thu, 11 Feb 2021 - 12:09 PM / by Harsh Vardhan

Tags: Government of India, Twitter, Facebook, Social Media

Courtesy: The Times of India


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Myanmar Army Blocks Facebook After Resistance Erupts Against Coup

Days after the Myanmar military staged a coup against the elected government, it has now temporarily blocked Facebook to curb the resistance and prevent civil disobedience. Reportedly, the services were disrupted late on February 3 and were later suspended completely. Earlier, on February 3, Myanmar citizens had come out in Yangon region and held a noise protest against the … read-more

Fri, 05 Feb 2021 - 09:42 AM / by Nikita Thakur

Tags: Myanmar, Facebook, Social Media, Military coup, Myanmar Military, myanmar elections, Yangon

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Different Social media platforms

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SC Directs Centre In Framing Law To Regulate Social Media

The Supreme Court asked the Centre to frame a law that regulates social media platforms on February 1. The direction came after a petition had been filed to hold any social media - Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter -  engaged in spreading fake news directly accountable. Besides, the petition has sought instructions from the authorities to set up a media tribunal that dispel fake news and hate speeches within a short span.

Mon, 01 Feb 2021 - 03:26 PM / by Richa Nigam

Tags: Supreme Court of India, Social Media, Facebook, WhatsApp, Fake News

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High Court Orders To Drop Links Wrongly Displaying Dead As Hathras Victim

The Facebook, Google and Twitter on January 28 informed the Delhi High Court of blocking all the links which wrongly displayed a deceased woman as Hathras rape victim. However, taking cognizance of the victim’s counsel that all links were not taken back, the court lashed at the online… read-more

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 - 06:20 PM / by Sakshi Teresa Emmanuel

Tags: Hathras Case, rape, Social Media, Delhi High Court, Facebook, Twitter, Google

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Govt Summons FB, Twitter Officials Over Social Media Platform Misuse

To counter social media misuse, Facebook and Twitter have been summoned for questioning by the Parliamentary Committee on Information Technology. The representatives of the platforms have been asked to appear before the panel on January 21 and share their views on securing citizens' rights. Besides, security of women on the internet will also be emphasized. Earlier, Facebook India's former policy head Ankhi Das was also summoned in 2020 over… read-more

Mon, 18 Jan 2021 - 12:38 PM / by Harsh Vardhan

Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Social Media, BJP, Information Technology

Courtesy: Business Insider